Free Content, MOOCs, and Online Presentation Contests
Waseda University uses ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to make its lectures as broadly available as possible, both in Japan and overseas, and pursues a variety of initiatives in order to make Waseda’s key role in education as visible as possible. Here are some examples of the use of on-demand lesson content.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are open courses provided to the general public over the Internet by university faculty members or groups. Participants of any age, but mainly in their 20s or 30s, learn through online video lectures and other resources, submit assignments, and if they pass the set standard are awarded a certificate. MOOCs have gained attention in recent years as a new education channel, offering undergraduate and postgraduate lessons to a wide range of people, both domestically and internationally, including those who have not had access to higher education before.
As part of our commitment to the Waseda Vision 150 strategy of promoting “Educational Content Open to the Public”, Waseda University provides MOOCs on the international edX platform and domestic JMOOC platform.
With a view to further advance Waseda’s MOOC program and provide Waseda’s high-quality teaching to learners both in Japan and around the world, we are recruiting teachers, groups and organizations who are interested in creating courses within our University.
For details, please refer to the documents linked below:
How to apply:
1. Please download the Application From from MyWaseda (Log-in required)
2. Filling out the form and obtaining an official approval is required from the director of the applicant’s or representative’s affiliated department
3. Submit the form via MyWaseda or by in-campus mail to the Center for Higher Education Studies
We have released 850 videos on Waseda University’s dedicated iTunes channel.
We have recorded on-demand videos for the introductions and first lectures of courses and created a system to allow all students and academic staff to view the videos via the Web Syllabus system.
JMOOC (Japan Open Online Education Promotion Council)
We have promoted initiatives implemented by JMOOC, which is the Japanese version of “Massive Online Open Courses” (MOOC). This allows students to take courses offered for free by universities and receive accreditation for completing the set coursework.
Facilities and systems for the recording of on-demand teaching materials are made available to students, and open presentation contests are planned and implemented in which students from around the world are welcome to participate.
Promulgation and development of Good Practice
Examples of academic staff’s lessons are provided in a blog format, and Good Practice is made available in a way that can be utilized during faculty development (FD).
Students’ Online Presentation Contest
The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at the Center for Higher Education Studies holds an online presentation contest for students in order to achieve the following core strategies, as set out in Waseda Vision 150: